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Fantasy Island is an American TV show set on a fictional island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It is about a specialized resort which sold the fulfillment of a fantasy instead of your standard vacation package. The resort is run by a suave but mysterious figure named Mr. Roarke (played by Ricardo Mantalban). He has an assistant whose main role is to provide an opportunity to hear insider information exchanged between Mr. Roarke and his staff. For all but the last season, the assistant is a character named Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize).

Episodes begin with the arrival of a plane full of guests to the remote island. Mr. Roarke tells his assistant about each guest and their respective fantasy as they come off the plane. Then he and his assistant greet the guests and welcome them to the island. Most episodes show two separate fantasies played out. Guests typically pay a substantial fee to be there. Some guests who won a fantasy are really winners of a rigged contest as a cover story to get them there because the individual plays an important role in another guest's fantasy.

Early episodes were more inclined towards situations which were potentially plausible as something which could be arranged with enough information and money. For example, guests sometimes requested personal makeovers, meeting someone from their past, or experiencing life as a commoner when they were really royalty. As the show wore on, it increasingly involved supernatural forces. Later episodes involved time travel, mermaids, meetings with The Devil and similar. In one episode, a guest who is going blind is temporarily given his eyesight back.

It is a modern take on wish-granting genies. Mr. Roarke frequently makes cryptic remarks indicating things are unlikely to turn out as the guest expects and he is generally correct. The maxim "be careful what you wish for" is explored at length in a down to earth manner.

Daily 11:55 PM et/pt on Sony
7 Seasons, 152 Episodes - Canceled
December 31, 1969
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Fantasy Island Full Episode Guide

  • Charo (The Surreal Life) plays a surrogate mother seeking to resolve her doubts about giving up her child.

  • In "Bojangles and the Dancer" a married couple come to the Island with a mixed agenda - he is intent upon performing with his idol, Mr. Bojangles - she, however, is intent upon keeping him from fulfilling his fantasy for fear it may kill him.And in "Deuces Are Wild" two sisters hope to fulfill their lifelong fantasy - to be taken seriously.

  • Wanting to romance his friend Patricia (Geena Davis), Alan finds himself in desperate need of love lessons.

  • In "Lost and Found" a woman's fantasy is to start a new life with a new man, since she has just found out her man is unfaithful.And in "Dick Turpin's Last Ride" a CPA's fantasy is to become famous outlaw, Dick Turpin. When he gets his wish, he gets far more then he expected.

  • In "Mermaid and the Matchmaker" the mermaid, Nyah asks Mr. Roarke to end her immortality, but upon Mr. Roarke's refusal to do so she threatens to seek revenge on him and Fantasy Island.And in "The Obsolete Man" young man who may be replaced at his job by a computer, wants to feel like his life has a purpose once again.

  • In "Awakening of Love" a world-renowned high fashion model wishes to form a lasting, loving relationship.And in "The Impostor" a couple come to the Island in hopes of "curing" her partner of his compulsive need to create other personalities.

  • In "Baby on Demand" Joanna Jones, once a very successful rock-and-roll singer wishes to become a mother.And in "The Last Dogfight" an elderly couple brought to the Island to re-enact his glorious past as a World War II fighter pilot.

  • In "Dark Secret" Amy Marshall is afraid to tell her husband that she was raped before they were married, confronts her fear.And in "The Outrageous Mr. Smith" Robert Smith a professional singer whose shyness has hampered his chance of success wishes to unleash his suppressed alter-ego.

  • In "Lady of the House" a former madam of a house of prostitution wishes to be reunited with her three favorite girls and to have them be her bridesmaids in her upcoming wedding as well as to give them the profits of the money she invested for them.And in "Mrs. Brandell's Favorites" a beauty contest promoter with a disreputable reputation wants to clear up his tarnished image.

  • In "Ladies Choice" a woman fantasizes about spending the perfect weekend with the man of her dreams who truly loves her.And in "Skin Deep" a shy guy wishes to date a truly beautiful woman for the first time in his life.

  • In "The High Cost of Living" a workaholic account executive wishes to find a husband and be taken care of.And in "To Fly With Eagles" an aging affluent lawyer and amateur sportsman wishes to win one more flying competition.

  • In "Games People Play" three young lady employees of a toy company wish to fulfill their dreams. one wishes to gain the courage to stand up to her convictions the other wants to be accepted for her brains and the third wishes to find love.And in "The Sweet Life" a man arrives with the desire for his family to experience the rewards of money and position that he has never been able to give them.

  • In "Goin' Home" after leaving his family to find success in Nashville, a country western singer wishes to be reunited with the people he loves.And in "Ambitious Lady" a couple have a dual fantasy - she wishes her husband would achieve the same level of success and he wants to recapture the love they once shared.

  • In "The Fantasy Island Girl" a beauty contest promoter with a disreputable reputation wants to clear up his tarnished image.And in "Saturday's Child" a glamorous film actress wishes to meet the two children whom she gave up for adoption.

  • In "Random Choices" a billionaire shipping tycoon with a great lust for life wishes to seek out people who desperately need help so he can use his vast wealth and influence to change their lives.And in "My Mother, the Swinger" a woman who dedicated her life to raising her children wishes to become a swinger.

  • In "The Wedding Picture" a woman, unhappy with her marriage, wishes to relive her wedding day to determine if she did indeed marry the wrong man.And in "Castaways" a man wishes to spend the weekend on a desert Island with a gorgeous model.

  • In "Second Time Around" a woman comes to the Island to save her marriage.And in "Three's A Crowd" a son separated becomes angry when he sees his widowed mother enjoying the company of a man.

  • In "God Child" little Laurie Shannon who lost her parents in an accident wishes to ask God why he took them.And in "Curtain Call" a once-famous comedian whose TV show was canceled wishes to do one last shot.

  • Three nurses are brought to the Island as guests of a mysterious benefactor who appreciated the care he received during his stay at their hospital.

  • In "The Big Switch" a wife wishes for her husband to experience what it is like to be a woman.And in "Hooker's Holiday" a woman of the evening wishes for a normal life with love and romance.

  • In "The Other Man - Mr. Roarke" a woman in her forties wishes to find romance.And in "Forbidden Love" a woman brings her boyfriend to the Island hoping to get him to propose to her after a three-year relationship.

  • Tattoo has an auto accident and suffers a serious head injury. Mr. Roarke helps him through the surgery and to overcome his depression by reminiscing about their favorite fantasies. In flashback scenes there are appearances by: Anne Jeffreys, Richard Lineback, James Steward, Mabel King, Raymond St. Jacques, Cleavon Little, Berlinda Tolbert, Kedren Jones, Samantha Eggar, Joseph Cotton, John Brandon, Linda Thompson Jenner, Don Ho, Laraine Day, Dick Fair, Sam Melville, Tom Wopat, Robert Mandan, John Fiedler, Lynda Day George, Victor Buono, Michael Hadlow, Angela Slater, Philece Sampler, Rosemary Lord, Paul John Balson, Tom Bailey.

  • In "Love Island" two phony playboy wannabe's fanatisize about being on an Island surrounded by beautiful wild women, are in for a huge surprise when their island paradise turns out to be something very prehistoric.And in "The Sisters" Stephanie Wilson is in search of her sister Linda. She is having visions of her sister and her abusive captor Richard Winston, she wants to help her sister escape.

  • In "What's the Matter with Kids?" a famous writer of children's books wishes to spend the day with the perfect child.And in "Island of Horrors" a woman goes to the "Island of Horrors" to find her missing fiancee.

  • Sammy Davis Jr. plays a man whose fantasy is to try and make amends to his ex-wife and son.

  • In "The Devil Stick" Carl Peters' fantasy is to find his lost love, Hallie Miller, turns out to be a witch's curse.And in "Touch and Go" Tattoo fulfills a promise to Susan Henderson, the woman who saved his life years ago - help her find her dream man. With the aid of a magical ring she finds her true love in Carter Ransome.

  • In "King of Burlesque" Tom Vail a Wall Street economist wants to experience the world of old time burlesque by becoming a comic headliner and discovers his love for Abby Boudreau.And in "Death Games" Vanessa Walgreen, an amateur sportswoman whose fantasy is to win the annual Fantasy Island pentathlon. Mr. Roarke tells Tattoo that Vanessa has appointed herself his judge, jury and executioner. Vanessa wants revenge for her husband, Michael, who was killed during his fantasy a month earlier.

  • In "Eternal Flame" a couple search for the fountain of youth.And in "A Date With Burt" a file clerk from Salem, Oregon wishes to have a date with a movie star.

  • In "Return to the Cotton Club", Charles 'Diggs' Whelan comes to Fantasy Island to get a big break in his singing career. He sacrifices his chance to stardom by helping a young singer at "The Cotton Club".And in "No Friends Like Old", Doreen Murphy wants to impress her old college friends and win their respect, but soon learns that money can't buy respect.

  • In "Revenge of the Forgotten" a man who spent eight years in a prison comes to Fantasy Island to find a fabulous lost treasure and start a new life.And in "Charo" Charles Woodruff has spent his life without love and realizes his dignity and success never gave him happiness. The void in his life is filled when Maria's fantasy comes true and she is reunited with her father.

  • In "Midnight Waltz" A Man wants to have one more dance with his wife who's been dead for six months.And in "Let Them Eat Cake" A waitress from Des Moines wants a weekend as a pampered Queen.

  • In "The Tallowed Image" a track coach from Vermont wishes to overcome his emotional fears by pursuing a beautiful older woman.And in "Room and Bard" an actress comes to the Island to appear in an original Shakespearean play.

  • In "The Songwriter" a man travels back in time to find the unpublished songs of his famous "songwriter" grandfather.And in "Queen of the Soaps" a soap opera star hopes Mr. Roarke can help her from becoming possessed by Andrea, her evil character she plays on TV.

  • In "Operation Breakout" a man's fantasy is to rescue a double agent for a government reward.And in "Candy Kiss" A champion racehorse breeder wishes to win the blue ribbon race.

  • In "The Kleptomaniac" A kleptomaniac comes to the Island to rid himself of the urge to steal. Tattoo is asked to keep a constant eye on Fred Simpson, but to no avail!And in "Thank God, I'm A Country Girl" A waitress wants to appear to be a wealthy heiress for a daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby.

  • In "Roller Derby Dolls" a manager of a sporting goods store wishes to own and manage a professional sports club.And in "Thanks A Million" A waitress from Arkansas along with an auto worker and an owner of a large appliance store arrive to compete in a contest.

  • In "Everybody Goes to Gilley's" Mickey Gilley's fantasy is to become a star headliner and a big country western singer.And in "Face of Fire" a woman's fantasy is fulfilled when she risks her life in the face of fire to save a reclusive billionaire's life.

  • In "The Angel's Triangle" Michael, the angel of death, spares Brent Harris in a horse accident because he has always loved Catherine Harris and doesn't want to see her hurt.And in "Natchez Bound" Las Vegas blackjack dealer Jenny Ryan wishes to spend her weekend aboard a Mississippi riverboat.

  • In "The Perfect Gentleman" a famous rock singer who witnessed a murder in Las Vegas and faked his own death comes to the Island to assume a new identity.And in "Legend" an actress wishes to start an illustrious career in musicals.

  • In "Dancing Lady" a receptionist from Toledo, Ohio dreams of becoming the dancing star in a lavish musical.And in "The Final Round" a boxing manager wishes to manage his first champion before he retires.

  • In "The Curse of the Moreaus" Jesse and Kathy Moreau come to the Island so Jesse can fulfill his fantasy to rid himiself of a family curse.And in "My Man Friday": Linda Whitney's dream is to become vice president of an advertising publicity agency.

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